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National Rifle Association
NRA Firearms Instructor - Pistol, Rifle, and Shotgun
NRA Training Counselor - Professional Instruction

NRA Basic Personal Protection Outside The Home Course

Teaches students the KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, and ATTITUDE essential for avoiding dangerous confrontations and for the safe, effective and responsible use of a concealed pistol for self-defense outside the home.

Prerequisite: This course is for adult individuals who are not disqualified from possessing a firearm as defined by applicable federal, state, or local law and are of good repute and possess defensive pistol skills presented in the NRA Basics of Personal Protection In The Home Course.

Participants must also understand the basic legal concepts relating to the use of firearms in self-defense and must know and observe not only general gun safety rules, but also those safety principles that are specific to defensive situations.  Prospective participants can demonstrate that they have the requisite knowledge, skills, and attitudes by producing an NRA Basic Personal Protection In The Home Course Certificate, or by passing the pre-course evaluation.

The course is divided into two levels – Level I and Level II.

Level I is nine (9) hours and offers the essential knowledge and skills that must be mastered in order to carry, store, and use a firearm safely and effectively for personal protection outside the home.  Additionally, this course will cover Firearms and the Law, and Legal Aspects of Self-Defense.  Students will spend several hours on the range and shoot approximately 100 rounds of ammunition.

Level II:  Upon completion of Level I, students may choose to attend Level II, which is an additional five (5) hours on the range and approximately 115 rounds of ammunition learning advanced shooting skills.  Time and ammunition requirements are a minimum and may be exceeded.

Students will receive the NRA Guide to the Basics of Personal Protection Outside The Home handbook, NRA Gun Safety Rules card and the appropriate (Level I / Level II) course completion certificates(s).


  • A student must not have been convicted of any felony or family violence offense.

  • A student must not have any felony or family violence charges pending.

  • Students must be legally eligible to possess and/or transport a firearm.

Cost: Level I – $464.00 | Level II – $361.00

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